There's a new podcast (we think "oddcast" would be a more appropriate name) in which regular old American millionaires Bruce Springsteen and Barack Obama sit around and talk about why our country sucks.
As part of the discussion, Barry recalled a time in middle school when he quarreled with a young friend who called him a "coon," after which "I popped him in the face and broke his nose." To which Springsteen responded "Well done," because busting someone's nose is absolutely the right response if they call you something offensive like, oh, a Nazi or racist.
Recounting the event, Barry said, "Now first of all, ain't no coons in Hawaii." Which, we believe, was the b-side to Don Ho's recording of "Tiny Bubbles." Although in fairness, maybe it was just the remembered trauma that suddenly triggered Obama to start communicating in dialect, saying that racial hate speech is used on people for "taking advantage of 'em, cheatin' 'em, stealin' from 'em, killin' 'em, raping 'em." Seriously, he sounded like a psychotic Bubba Gump listing shrimp recipes from Hell.
But did the incident ever really take place or, like Barry's imaginary "composite girlfriend" in college, is this just another self-serving lie? And, more importantly, why do we keep making rhetorical questions out of things that are painfully obvious?
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For the first time in 87 years (back when Joe Biden was only a teenager), there has been no State of the Union Address given in January or February. Which likely can be ascribed to Joe's busy, busy, busy "Black History Month" schedule and putting kids in cages rather than, oh, his increasing tendency to stammer, mangle words, and stare into space.
Mainstream media outlets are trying to cover for ol' Joe by saying that the last six Presidents didn't give a State of the Union Address during their inaugural years. Less publicized is the fact that all six of those Presidents did give a State of the Union speech (which is apparently much, much different than an "address") to a joint session of Congress during either January or February of their inaugural year.
But precedents, like election laws, were made to be broken. Which is why it will probably still be a few months before we get a State of the Union Address...from President Harris.